Why Conscious Power is the future of leadership success
As a change consultancy, we believe that the most successful organisations are driven by conscious power – a deep and fully-embodied understanding of the self that drives decisions in organisations. When leadership taps into this responsibility with greater clarity, it helps shape a more balanced future.
In 2016, Project Aristotle, a research project undertaken by Google to determine what makes a good team, showed that their most effective teams exhibit a range of soft skills. Topping the list by a long way was psychological safety—a shared belief that performance thrives when people feel safe to discuss ideas, experiment, take risks, give feedback and learn from mistakes.
How power is expressed, is therefore key to success.
The ability for an organisation to thrive requires leadership to understand how power impacts their organisation and how they can then use this power more wisely. This comes down to a willingness to explore parts we tend to keep hidden. It is important to acknowledge that the relationship leaders have with themselves and their own vulnerabilities, sets the standard for how they treat their teams. The leaders of tomorrow are those fully at home in their body, aware and connected to their emotions, sexuality (masculine and feminine energies) and patterns of behaviour. Most leaders are detached from their true selves and sense of power, with their inner voice blocked by the noise of conditioning and old patterns. This can lead to an ego-based strategy for survival that fails to consider the needs of their employees. According to research from Gallup, 50% of employees leave their companies because of their boss. Given that the global majority of leaders are men and considering the positions of power they are in, what if we could inspire them to use this power differently, more consciously and with a more positive influence on their employees and businesses?
Getting comfortable with discomfort
What is lacking in many organisations today is the space to learn, unlearn and relearn about ourselves in a safe business environment. In Google’s Project Aristotle research, direct and straightforward leadership was considered an asset to the team performance. By contrast, the leader with poor emotional control was strongly related to the negative performance of the team. This reinforces why leadership development initiatives need to focus on tactics that create a safe space for individuals and leadership alike, to move toward a higher sense of being where they can explore problems more honestly. This is an important step to take if we want organisations to be in touch and ahead of the game when it comes to servicing customers and keeping their employees engaged and motivated to perform. This is further reinforced by The McKinsey Global Institute report which states that productivity improves by 20-25% in organisations with employees who feel connected to their company.
The future of leadership lies in positively influencing leadership styles by focusing on techniques that encourage leadership to get unstuck and “unhidden”. When we consciously let go of tension and negative energy and start creating with a heightened sense of awareness, we all have the power to influence relationships, employee performance as well as cultural values for the better.
What if you could re-assess and re-direct the impact your power has on your organisation’s performance whilst also becoming more aware of it?